Images of a mutant shark have surfaced, but it doesn’t look anything like your average shark or even other mutations occurring in sharks.
In fact, the mutant shark has some astoundingly human-like eyes and mouth. The baby shark has these characteristics under where the nose is.
According to New York Post, an Indonesian fisherman claimed he accidentally caught a pregnant shark. They proceeded to cut her open, finding three baby sharks inside. Only one had the unusual human face.
The shark has a resemblance to the shark from “Baby Shark Dance.” Since posting the photos, many people are wanting to buy the shark. However, the fisherman wants to preserve the shark instead.
People in the comments are also comparing the shark to the Michelin Man. Others were outraged that rare sharks were being killed just to be able to take a picture and share it on social media.
Sharks in Underwater Volcano
In other exciting shark news, scientists continue to explore the sharks that are living under one of the most active underwater volcanoes. Hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, and sixgill stingray were all found living inside the volcano.
Rather than killing these sharks, scientists often attempt to go and explore these sharks in their natural habitat. However, since it’s an active volcano, teams send in robots to observe instead.
According to National Geographic, the volcano is called Kavachi and is a part of the Solomon Islands. Scientists were astounded to see sharks going in and out of the volcano between eruptions. Despite lingering plumes and hot and acidic conditions, the sharks manage to survive.
The conditions do not seem fit for marine life. Scientists are continuing to explore how marine life is continuing to thrive here anyway. The plan for the future is to tag one of the sharks to get a look at its life in the crater.
“When it’s erupting, there’s no way anything could live in there. And so to see large animals like this that are living and potentially they could die at any moment, it brings up lots of question … do they leave? Do they have some sort of sign that it’s about to erupt? Do they blow up sky-high in little bits?” Ocean Engineer Brennan Phillips said.
Two-Headed Mutant Shark
As for another common mutation, scientists are discovering that two-headed sharks are becoming more common.
While they aren’t as big and dangerous as depicted in the movie “2-Headed Shark Attack,” (which received an astounding 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), they do raise some interesting questions.
According to Miami Herald, most of these sharks die as embryos or infants. However, the number of these sharks found continues to increase since 2008. The blue shark is most likely to have the mutation because female sharks can carry up to 50 babies at a time. Overfishing has also led inbreeding to increase, which could also lead to abnormalities.
Other causes could even be viral infections, metabolic disorders, or even pollution. It’s impossible to say right now given the slim amount researchers have been able to observe.